Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Roxann Moriston

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WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!  

This week we are featuring
Roxann Moriston with Papa's Smok'in Meat


Q & A Time featuring Roxann:

How long have you been in business? Our company has been in business about 7 years.

What is your business all about? My husband started smoking meat for a hobby. I remember so well the first few dishes he prepared. They were NOT good. Keith was determined though. He worked hard to get it down, watching videos, reading books, and practice, practice, practice. Once he caught on, it was all downhill after that. I was apprehensive at first, but wanted to support him, so he built his first concession trailer and the customers came!  Now we have two concession trailers and we also do catering. Keith does the smoking and I make the sides.

What makes your business unique?  There are quite a few Smoked Meat businesses around. Ours is unique because we smoke our meat the old way. We do not have buttons we push. Keith actually builds his own smokers and has to watch them until they are done, adjusting the heat and adding wood manually. 

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

To be a business owner you have to

1. Like people. We love our customers and we love talking to them and seeing them smile when they eat our food.

2. You have to be honest. Customers can tell when you are not honest with them and that word gets around very fast. If you have done something wrong, admit it and do what it takes to make it better.

3. Being Committed is very important in owning a business. Not everyone feels 100% all the time but when you are in business you can't just take the day off. You are responsible for that business and if you are going to be successful, you need to be available.

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business? 

If you are thinking of starting a business, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

1. Are you ready to work hard, very hard?  Getting a business to succeed is hard work and sometimes very time consuming. Sometimes you need to put your personal life aside.

2. Do you have the finances available? Starting a business sometimes has hidden costs. Be aware of what they are before you start. Insurance, Building issues, Advertising, they all add up. Check out your legal status. Sales tax, employees, licenses, etc. It is easier to find out about these ahead of time so you are not surprised once your have your business established.

3. Make a Business Plan!

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many? 

My husband and I work so well together. We have our squabbles, but when it comes down to it, we are both committed to the business and what is right. When one of us is down, we talk about it and really have the ability to pick each other up. Being in business together is no different than our marriage. Communication is the key. We have been married 43 years. 

Please feel free to share any other information that will help your audience get to know you better. 

Keith and I really do enjoy what we do. We would not do it if we didn't. We look forward to working in the concession stands and we love all the great feedback we get from the catering jobs we do. We know our food is good and we just can't wait for people to take that first bite. 

Thank you, Roxann, for letting us share a bit about you!  


If you’d like to reach out to Roxann, here is Roxann’s Contact Information.

Papa's Smok'in Meat

Email: moriston2@yahoo.com


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Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Courtney Lens

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WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!

This week we are featuring
Courtney Lens with Numbers & Such Prof. LLC

Q & A Time featuring Courtney:

How long have you been in business?

Been in accounting for over 8 years, but started my own company 3 months ago

What is your business all about?

Accounting! I provide business consulting, bookkeeping and payroll services, individual and business tax preparation, and other accounting support activities

What makes your business unique?

My personality and how I maintain relationships

What made you start your business?

Multiple things but mostly the need to be my own boss so I can provide the services I want at the pricing I want and to call all the shots on all other aspects in between

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

Drive/determination, top notch client/customer service, financial management skills

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?

Use every moment strategically-you are selling yourself and services always, even somewhere as simple as in the grocery checkout line; know your goals and figure out a way to reach them instead of throwing in the towel; be unique, be you

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?

I love to read and Harry Potter is definitely my favorite books so I cannot say he helped inspire me. I don’t have one real inspiration. I’d say the business owners I know and deal with on a regular basis have shown me so much that they helped make the decision to start a business pretty easy. I have met so many awesome people over the years.

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?

I do not exactly have those doubt moments. I have a self confidence knowing that I provide a unique experience and know there are enough people in the world that need accounting services so I will be just fine. I am very driven.

Thank you, Courtney, for letting us share a bit about you!  

If you’d like to reach out to Courtney, here is Courtney’s Contact Information.

Courtney J. Lens
Numbers & Such Prof. LLC,
located all over the Sioux Empire (Harrisburg, Hartford, Brandon, Tea, Sioux Falls)
Website: www.numbersandsuchprofllc.com

Saturday Business Spotlight featuring Lisa Shaw

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Welcome to Saturday Business Spotlight, where we feature a different business every Saturday!  

This week we are featuring
Lisa Shaw with Lisa Shaw Cares, LLC 

Q & A Time featuring Lisa:

How long have you been in business? I've had the pleasure of being a business owner since 2002. While the name changed, the focus remained the same -- helping women to live the lives they envisioned.

What is your business all about? I am a Certified Personal & Executive Coach with an emphasis on Positive Psychology. As a Leader, I've had the pleasure for close to 30 years to support other women leaders in both life, ministry, leadership and business to propel forward.  I help women to look beyond what they see to what they can achieve. I help them to gain fierce clarity, unlock their thoughts (perspective), and take the necessary steps to win personally and professionally. While I'm not a life coach,  transformation is a part of what women experience in engaging my services.

In addition to working with women 1:1 I also work with groups of women in all parts of the country supporting them in honing their skill set and developing their gifts is important to me. Helping women to build cohesive, growth-oriented teams is also a part of the services that I offer as a Personal Coach and Leadership Consultant.

Back in the early 2000s, I heard John Maxwell say something that became the foundation of why I do what I do to help women. He said, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." Through LisaShawCares, LLC I care about helping women to be their best and to do their best in the areas of importance to them. As I often say, some build buildings, I build people.


What makes your business unique?  My own personal experiences that began in my childhood have always helped me to relate to the needs of women. My love for God and one of my core values (Integrity) also helps me to be unique.  What I do, why and how I do it and who I do it for means excellence. Excellence is integrity. While LisaShawCares, LLC is my livelihood, money is not my primary focus...the growth and success of women is my primary focus. No fluff in my business. Real work. Real attention to the needs of my clients and real results because I really care about my clients. 

Why did you start your business? Being sexually abused in my childhood caused me to live a fear-based lifestyle. For a long time, I knew my value hearing it in church but I didn't believe my value. There's a difference. It caused me to live below what God had for my life. While I raised a family, served in leadership, and worked in Corporate America, I struggled within and often felt less-than and unfulfilled. Once healed by God's grace, I made the decision that I would be for women what I often felt I didn't have. I lacked a voice. I lacked believing my value, therefore, I took a long time to step fully into who God had purposed me to be and to do to serve others. That was a long time ago. Since then I help women to do what I call, WIN! A win in the life they envision -- personally and professionally. I started my business because it wasn't just a business, it was and is, a calling.  

What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?

1. As a believer, having God in the lead of my life including my business, is vital.

2. I believe both soft and hard skills are necessary. An example of that is listening attentively and serving with integrity (soft skills) while also being prepared (hard skills) to produce what you advertised to your clients and to produce it with excellence so that your clients received the best value from the service. 

3. Know what you are getting into before you leap into a business! In other words, what is the potential and perhaps probable impact it may have on the important areas of your life such as your personal growth, time/rest, family relationships, finances and more.

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business? 

1. Do your due diligence.  Contrary to what others say, don't just leap. Ask yourself the important questions about the business you want to start including evaluating your abilities and credibility. Talk to people in the industry. Don't ignore any insecurities you may have. Face them before you leap into a business. 

2. If you have a family particularly living at home, don't start your business without conversations with your spouse and children (age appropriately of course), as your business will affect your time, schedule, household income and more. Be sure to have a real conversation and be transparent about all it will take to have your own business especially in the early years of building the business. Schedules, family time, etc. should be on the table for conversation.

3.  Don't leap into the launch without a reasonable business plan and plan of action. Have SMART goals and ask God for wisdom in the decisions you must make. He'll guide you.   

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book? 

While I'm a book junkie for sure and could list several that I glean from, I'd rather use this space to share my greatest inspiration. I would say it is my Grandparents. They had an incredibly positive impact on my childhood whenever I was with them and that was often. They are the reason why I am who I am today. They taught me how to love God, love all people and to serve with excellence. They also taught me a strong work ethic and to be a woman of my word. Grandma used to say, at the end of the day when you kneel before God and pray be sure your day honored Him. In the morning when I'd rise, Grandpa was the first hug I received. I'm so glad that he taught me what it was like to be loved and valued by a good man. Later in my mid-20's, I married another good man....my husband of now 29 years.

How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many? 

Remind myself of who I am and Whose I am. Remind myself that what I do brings value to the lives of others. And if I face a tough day I look through the humbling endorsements I've received and those silence the critic in my head.

Please feel free to share any other information that will help your audience get to know you better. 

Don't discount yourself. Invest in your life. The word coach is almost overused today and as a result, people often shy away from them but I would encourage you to find a certified coach that can serve you well. There is great value in being coached by the right person. Coaching is not just cheering you on it is helping you to make the decisions and changes that will build the bridge between where you are and where you want to go -- Good coaching will help you to win! I'd love the opportunity to work with you. Feel free to reach out and let's discuss it. I work with women in different areas of the country via video conferencing or phone. 

Thank you, Lisa, for letting us share a bit about you!  


If you’d like to reach out to Lisa, here is Lisa's Contact Information.

LisaShawCares, LLC
Suite #597, 3956 Town Center Blvd, Orlando, FL 32837
407-473-4888
Website: LisaShawCares.com